Cybelle Shattuck

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Cybelle Shattuck
Assistant Professor
(269) 387-5381
2003 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5320
Mailing address: 
Department of Comparative Religion
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5320 USA
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By appointment via email.

  • Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, 2016
  • M.S., Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, 2011
  • M.S., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991
  • B.A., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1989
Teaching interests: 
  • Spirituality and the Environment
  • Environmental Justice
  • South Asian Religions
Research interests: 
  • Faith-based environmental sustainability initiatives
  • Sacred and secular land stewardship
  • Religion and environmental justice movements

Dr. Shattuck is a professor with a joint appointment in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University. Her research focuses on the intersection between religion and sustainability, a subject she explores through fieldwork that examines the motivations and processes through which faith communities implement earth care actions. She is completing a book called "Pathways to Sustainability: The Greening of US Faith Communities," which analyzes sustainability initiatives in 15 US congregations.

Shattuck has a master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and spent a decade as an adjunct instructor in the Religion departments of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. She also has a master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan, for which she studied environmental psychology, environmental justice, and conservation biology. In 2010-11, Shattuck worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, developing materials to assist Great Lakes communities in planning for climate change adaptation. She is the author of three books: "Dharma in the Golden State: South Asian Religious Traditions in California" (Fithian Press, 1996); "Hinduism" (Prentice Hall, 1998); and "The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Hinduism" (Alpha Books, 2003). Her most recent publication is an essay titled “Expressing the Sanctity of Nature” in "This Sacred Earth" (2011).